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Best Powered Subwoofers 2022

You can get by with just a pair of standard speakers. You don’t need a sub in the strictest sense. But you won’t believe how much of a difference having one makes. It’s not just the obvious low-end increase that comes with a decent sub; it’s also the overall richness of the sound.

SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer

SVS SB-3000 13" Subwoofer (Black Ash)
  • Unheard of reference subwoofer performance for the price and also for its compact size differentiate the SB-3000 subwoofer from any subwoofer...
  • First ever 13-inch high-excursion SVS driver is an iron fist inside a velvet glove. Completely new design delivers punishing levels of low frequency...
  • Conservatively rated at 800 watts RMS, 2,500+ watts peak power, the Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier maximizes the full potential of the 13-inch driver with...

The SB-3000 is the newest subwoofer model from SVS, and we believe it is deserving of the title of Best High-End Subwoofer. The previous model, the PB16-Ultra, was excellent, but it was also enormous, unwieldy, and far too much for most people. The SB-3000 solves these problems by incorporating everything the Ultra accomplished effectively into a considerably more compact and cheap frame. For those with really large rooms, two of these may be required, but for the vast majority of individuals, one of these will be plenty. It’s a considerable (though pricey) upgrade over the top-rated SB-1000 Pro.

The great DSP is one feature we’d like to mention (Digital Signal Processing). It enables for nearly endless adjusting, allowing you to get precise, controlled bass while still retaining power. This sub thrives in movies and television, adding true weight to gunfire, explosions, and punches at the low end. It’s yet another triumph for SVS, and the only question now is where they’ll go from here. This is the Best Powered Subwoofer in 2022.

Sonos Sub – The Wireless Subwoofer for Deep Bass

Sonos Sub - The Wireless Subwoofer for Deep Bass - White
  • The wireless subwoofer for deep bass.
  • Hear and feel the difference when you wirelessly connect Sub to your Sonos system.
  • Stand it upright, place it on its side, or tuck it under the couch.

The Sonos Sub, like a subwoofer in a traditional wired system, will deliver a rich, deep bass sound. Sonos has applied the same philosophy of simplicity to this system as they have to the rest of their speaker products, providing you a one-button setup that won’t require you to overthink anything.

Sonos has cemented its position as the market leader in wireless sound systems. It’s difficult to discuss Bluetooth speakers without mentioning the company’s multi-room speaker handoff systems. When gazing at the Play:1s or Play:3, though, it’s easy to forget that these smaller speakers, especially when paired in stereo pairs, don’t have much bass end. That’s where Sonos’ SUB system’s latest version comes into play.

The elegant, slim subwoofer can be placed on the floor outside the system or slipped inside a cabinet. There are force-canceling drivers positioned face-to-face inside the cabinet, allowing for a full, unrestricted bass response. You won’t have to worry about cabinet buzzing, rattling, or other sonic distortions. The best home subwoofers can be wirelessly connected to the full system and operated with the Sonos app, exactly like the rest of the Sonos family.

SVS SB-1000 Pro Sealed Subwoofer

SVS SB-1000 Pro Sealed Subwoofer (Black Ash)
  • 325 Watts RMS and 820+ Watts Peak Power Sledge STA-325D Amplifier combines massive high current output of discrete MOSFETs with Class D efficiency....
  • High-Excursion 12-inch SVS Subwoofer Driver features dual ferrite magnet motor assembly with long-throw parabolic surround for extreme excursion that...
  • 50MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP renders pinpoint accurate frequency response through advanced in-room tuning and powerful controls while letting the...

There’s a reason why SVS dominates the subwoofer market. No other manufacturer routinely creates subs that combine amazing bass with great design, and do it at affordable costs. The SVS SB-1000 Pro is one of their better models, in our opinion. Its small cabinet produces up to 325 watts of clear, punchy bass, which we found to work well with speakers of any brand.

What really sticks out is the SB-1000 Pro’s remarkably subtle and nuanced audio quality; clarity isn’t sacrificed for grunt. Although there are better options for larger rooms, such as the ELAC Debut 2.0 SUB3030 (below), there is no better overall subwoofer. We were so impressed with the SB-1000 Pro that we designated it our standard testing subwoofer for assessing other audio hardware.

The SB-1000 Pro’s major flaw is its limited power output. It may not be enough for those with larger rooms (anything over 250 square feet). A more powerful solution, such as SVS’s own SB-3000 (below), might be preferable. The SB-1000 Pro is the model to choose for the rest of us. It’s worth noting that SVS also offers a ported version, the PB-1000 Pro, that produces even more powerful sound. It’s adequate, but we believe the SB-1000 Pro offers a more comprehensive package.

KEF KC62 Subwoofer

KEF KC62 Subwoofer (Black)
  • Frequency Response (±3dB): 11Hz – 200Hz
  • 1000 Watt RMS Power
  • 5 DSP Settings (Free Space, Next to a wall, In a corner, In a cabinet, Apartment Mode)

The KEF KC62 is a marvel. It accomplishes two feats that, on their own, would be incredible. Together, they elevate this subwoofer to new heights. For starters, it’s teeny-tiny, measuring less than ten inches across, significantly smaller than the SVS SB-1000 Pro. For instance, it has the deepest bass of any sub on this list: 11Hz, which is even deeper than the enormous and far more expensive Power Sound Audio S3612. That’s an incredible trick, and that means the KC62 is the most futuristic submarine we’ve ever tested. the home theater system subwoofer features a plethora of technology that offer superb sound quality, and it’s a wonderful choice if you can afford it.

We believe the KEF KC62 has a couple of flaws that hinder it from taking first place. It requires careful placement because it is so little and powerful. It features two side-firing drivers, so you’ll have to spend some time figuring out where the optimal location is. It also lacks any kind of digital control. All of the controls are located in the back, and while they function properly, they appear and feel a touch clumsy. A preferable choice would have been an app control, such as the one found in the less priced SVS SB-3000. Its absence is especially perplexing, given KEF’s class-leading wireless speakers are currently controlled via an app. Nonetheless, if you want to dig deep, this is the place to be.

ELAC Debut 2.0 DS10.2 200 Watt Powered Subwoofer

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ELAC Debut 2.0 DS10.2 200 Watt Powered Subwoofer, Black
  • A custom 10-inch long-throw driver provides the quality and quantity of bass that is fundamental to accuratelyreproducing today's demanding movie...
  • Bash amplifiers track the input signal and adjust the available supply voltage to a traditional class AB amplifier. This makes the amplifier...
  • A horizontal brace strengthens and stiffens the cabinet, helping minimize unwanted vibrations that discolor music or movie content. Low frequencies...

The Debut 2.0 range from ELAC contains a subwoofer that easily ranks in our top 10, independent of room size. The SUB3030 delivers plenty of oomph at 500 watts RMS and 1,000 watts peak (complete definitions of those words may be found in our Buying Advice section below), and the bass it produces is strong and muscular. Whether you’re watching movies, shows, or playing games, it’ll keep you entertained.

There aren’t any physical controls in place. Instead, you can use an Android or iOS app to get all of the features you need, including software that allows you to fine-tune the sound to your specific listening situation. The sound isn’t as deep or strong as the SB-3000, but it’s still plenty rich and detailed for most people. Although we will state that subs like the Q Acoustics Q B12 have beaten it out, ELAC has made a truly fantastic device at a very inexpensive price point for a budget subwoofer.

PSB Alpha S8-8″ Powered Subwoofer

PSB Alpha S8-8" Powered Subwoofer, Black (Each)
  • POWERED SUBWOOFER FOR HUGE BASS – The PSB Alpha S8 Powered Subwoofer will astound lifelike realism for both music, movies and audiophile’s lovers....
  • DIGITAL AMPLIFIER POWER – 150 Watts of Continuous Power. Compact cabinet volumes with high output. Advanced engineering and design from Paul Barton...
  • ADVANCED TECH IN DRIVERS & AMPLIFICATION - The Alpha S8 boasts a specialized long-throw 8” driver and efficient bass reflex enclosure for remarkable...

There aren’t many subwoofers in this price range that can match the Alpha S8’s pinpoint, dazzling clarity, especially when it comes to intricate and subtle instruments like double bass. The subwoofer isn’t the most powerful, and with only 35 Hz of extension, the bass isn’t the deepest. But it has the distinct impression that the audio has been hand-tuned for maximum realism.

Unfortunately, the limited power becomes an issue. The PSB Alpha S8 doesn’t quite measure up to comparably priced subwoofers like the Q Acoustics Q B12 (220 watts versus 150). This is partly due to the driver’s extremely modest size; at eight inches, it lacks the grunt to compete with the big giants. Although we admire the attention to detail, if you prefer your subwoofers to be loud and proud, you might want to consider other options, such as the Q Acoustics model described above.